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WBT’s Brent Winterble Shares Harrowing Plane Crash Story

Two WBTV employees were killed in a helicopter crash near I-77 on Tuesday. The incident claimed the lives of meteorologist Jason Myers and pilot Chip Tayag. 

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Authorities said it appears as if Tayag may have saved some lives by making diversionary moves to avoid hitting traffic on the highway. 

“The WBTV family is grieving a terrible loss. Our news helicopter Sky3 crashed mid-day Tuesday with two of our colleagues on board. Meteorologist Jason Myers and pilot Chip Tayag lost their lives. We are working to comfort their families in this difficult time. We appreciate the outpouring of support for our staff and your continued prayers for their families,” WBTV said in a statement. 

In 1998, then-WBT Traffic Reporter Steve Counts was doing an aerial report for John Hancock when the single engine Cessna he was traveling in suffered engine failure. Counts also served as a WBT Radio news reporter from early 2020 until August 2021. 

On Tuesday, Counts told the “The Brett Winterble Show” that he didn’t realize the magnitude of what he was about to go through. 

“At first, I didn’t know what the problem was, I just noticed that the engine wasn’t making as much noise as it was supposed to and the aircraft didn’t have that vibration it had when the engine was on,” Counts said. 

Counts recalled how he finished his traffic report with Hancock and then switched over to the intercom with the pilot who was communicating with the airport while preparing for an emergency landing. 

“So, we’re flying at 2,000 feet, maybe a little below, so we had about four minutes to think about things,” Counts added. “So, we had a little time to look at our surroundings, decide where we wanted to put the aircraft down and think about the possible outcomes of putting the plane down.” 

Counts said the plane came crashing to the ground in a neighborhood and was stopped by a drainage ditch. Fortunately, there were no injuries that day.

“We were lucky, and I can’t explain it,” he added.

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Sean Hannity: I’m Honest About My Agenda When So Many in Media Aren’t

“You can be honest about your agenda. Just be honest. People will respect you more.”

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There are often charges from one side of the political aisle to the other about media bias. Sean Hannity believes you can avoid those criticisms if you’re honest about your intentions.

On The Sean Hannity Show Wednesday, the nationally syndicated host argued that while he’s often accused of being just a talking head, he’s a journalist.

“Yes, we practice journalism. And yes, I’m a member of the press, and yes, we do investigative reporting. Yes, we give opinion, but we’re honest about it, unlike the other liars, frauds in the mob and the media,” said Hannity. “We give opinion. They do, but they never admit it or acknowledge it, and claim ‘I’m a journalist.’

“No, you’re not. You’re a left-wing political hack with an agenda. But you can be honest about your agenda. Just be honest. People will respect you more.”

Hannity’s comments came after he reported that Jim Biden, the brother of President Joe Biden, was being deposed before the House Oversight Committee and the House Judiciary Committee as part of an investigation into alleged bribes the President, his son, and brother, received from various foreign and domestic entities.

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Bill Handel: Every Got Into Our Business Differently

“My way was different. (John) Kobylt’s way, Tim Conway’s was different. It’s just different.”

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In the talk radio space, there are many different origin stories. Some hosts are former politicians, some are former lawyers, and some came to the format after previously working in other genres. KFI AM-640 morning host Bill Handel shared that’s what makes the format great.

“I get up at three o’clock in the morning. I always get up and go read,” said Handel. “I’m reading a biography of Stanley Kubrick. Oh, really interesting, interesting guy, how he got into movies,” said Handel. “It’s always everybody has a different way of getting into movies.

“Everybody has a different way of getting this job. And that is a talk show host. It’s just all different ways of doing it. My way was different,” said Handel. “(John) Kobylt’s way, Tim Conway’s was different. It’s just different.”

Bill Handel — who was born in Brazil before immigrating to the United States when he was five years old — practiced law before ultimately landing a radio show. He now hosts mornings at KFI along with a nationally syndicated weekend show, Handel on the Law.

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Bill O’Reilly: I’m Still Working Because I Need a Place to Vent

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Bill O’Reilly has had an accomplished media career spanning multiple decades. So it would be natural to question why the 74-year-old is still working. He shared there’s one simple reason for that.

During a discussion with 77 WABC morning host Sid Rosenberg, Bill O’Reilly admitted he puts in too much effort for a man his age.

“I’m working way too hard for an old guy. why am I doing this? It’s really a neurosis. I am neurotic. There’s no doubt,” he joked.

When Rosenberg posited that O’Reilly is “too smart” to sit back and enjoy retirement, the former cable news host argued his career continuing is actually more about continuing to have an avenue to share his opinions.

“I get so annoyed and sometimes even angry at the unfairness of our country, that I’ve got to have a place to vent. That’s why I work. I’m comfortable. I’ve worked hard my whole life. I can do what I want to do. I could go over to Switzerland and yodel. I could just go to Tahiti and do the little fire dance.

“But it gets me so angry, and when I see people like me, from Levittown, from Brooklyn, from the Bronx, wherever, working their butt off to try to improve their state in life and give their family a nice life. And every time they turn around, they’re getting it right between the eyes by the corrupt incompetent people who are running our country.”

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